Notable Ex Cadets: 7441 Ken Summers

Notable Ex Cadets: 7441 Ken Summers:

OMM. MSC (Military). M.I.D. Bronze Star (USA) Medal of Bahrain (Bahrain) King Abdul Azziz Medal (Saudi Arabia); Liberation of Kuwait Medal 1st Class (Kuwait)

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Rear-Admiral Ken Summers is the only Canadian admiral to command a “total” national contingent in war, a distinction that began in August 1990 when he assumed command of the Canadian Naval Task Group ordered to the Persian Gulf in response to the Gulf War. He was appointed commander Canadian Forces Middle East, and established Joint Headquarters in Bahrain. From there he commanded Canadian naval, air and land forces which distinguished themselves throughout the Gulf War. During his long career, which began in the 1960s, he fulfilled numerous high-ranking sea appointments on both coasts, including commander Second Canadian Destroyer Squadron and Chief of Staff at Maritime Forces Pacific.

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Ken Summers was born in St. Thomas, Ontario in 1944, began career as an Officer Cadet at Royal Roads and graduated from the Royal Military College Kingston Ontario in 1967. He Specialized in Operations and joined the commissioning crew of HCMCS Iroquois as Operation Officer. He Served as Executive Officer HMCS Athabasca and as commanding officer of HMCS Algonquin. In 1990 assumed command of the Canadian Naval Task Group ordered to the Persian Gulf.

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